Michael was born in 1956 to a Jewish family living in the Ukrainian city of Lvov. After graduating from high school in 1973, Michael continued his education, earning a master’s degree in Construction Engineering. Michael and his wife, Natalie, both came to faith in 1990 in Israel after many years of looking for life’s answers through art, literature, culture, and in other religions. In their early days in Israel, they met five believers in their Hebrew class, and it was one of those believers that introduced them to the Messiah. Michael went on to earn his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to leading the Congregation in Tel Aviv and training young leaders, Michael is an adjunct professor at Israel College of the Bible. Michael has served on the staff of Chosen People Ministries since 1994 and is currently serving as the director of Israel ministry. He also teaches and speaks at conferences on prophecy and Israel. Michael and Natalie have two grown children, Daniel and Arielle.
Rev. David Epstein
Reverend David P. Epstein, Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church from 1997-2018, is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as Chancellor of the New York School of the Bible. Pastor Epstein began to follow Jesus as a college student, having experienced spiritual, moral, and philosophical bankruptcy. God has since allowed him the incredible privilege and responsibility to share the gospel and teach His word both as an academic and a pastor. Pastor Epstein earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Capital Bible Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Education and Adult Development from the University of Maryland. He has also completed doctoral work in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America. Pastor Epstein is the author of A Time for Hope: One New York Pastor’s Biblical Response to 9/11, Terrorism and Islam, and was a contributor to The People, Land and Future of Israel, Preacher’s Sourcebook Volume III, and Business Ethics Today: Stealing (Center for Christian Business Ethics).
Lisa Loden serves on the Musalaha Reconciliation Ministries Advisory Board and is co-chair of the Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine. She is also on the board of the Israel Bible Society and is a member of the Helsinki Consultation steering committee. In 2014, together with Salim Munayer, she co-authored Through My Enemies Eyes—Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine. In 1977, she and her husband David co-founded Beit Asaph, a Messianic congregation in Netanya, Israel. From 2002–2007, she was the director of the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She has served on the International Board of Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, the local board of Christian Witness to Israel, the board of Fellowship of Christian Students in Israel, and the Roman Catholic/Messianic Theological Group. From 2008–2012, she was a member of the faculty of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary where she headed their Leadership Development Program.
Russ Resnik became a became a follower of Jesus in 1972. Today, he serves as executive director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), an association dedicated to establishing, strengthening, and multiplying congregations for Jesus within the wider Jewish community. Russ is ordained as a Messianic rabbi through the UMJC and also maintains credentials as a clinical mental health counselor. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico and is a nationally certified counselor, as well as a licensed professional clinical counselor in New Mexico, where Russ maintains a private practice working with men and couples. As a writer, Russ contributes regularly to Messianic publications and websites and is the author of Gateways to Torah, Creation to Completion: A Guide to Life’s Journey from the Five Books of Moses, Divine Reversal: The Transforming Ethics of Jesus, and A Life of Favor: A Family Therapist Examines the Story of Joseph and His Brothers. Russ and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren, and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he leads Adonai Ro’i chavurah.
Marty Waldman is the senior rabbi of Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue in Dallas, Texas. He formerly served as president of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and currently serves as the executive general secretary of Toward Jerusalem Council II, a global effort to bring about reconciliation between Jewish people, Messianic Jews, and Christians. As the son of Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Marty grew up in a traditional Jewish home. He accepted Yeshua as his Messiah in January of 1975, and soon after was given the heart to share the gospel among his Jewish people. Marty has his Bachelor of Arts from Dallas Bible College. Marty and his wife Marleen have been involved with Jewish ministry for many years. They have three children and four grandchildren.